CSPH 5805 - Wellbeing in the Workplace
This course is offered completely online.
Work and experiences in the workplace have a profound impact on many dimensions of individual and collective wellbeing, including a sense of purpose and meaning, financial and emotional security, quality of relationships and community, physical and emotional health, and the local and global environments. In this course, students will learn multi-disciplinary perspectives on key challenges in creating workplaces that contribute to greater wellbeing. Students will also reflect on their own personal experiences with wellbeing in their current and past work environments and examine strategies for enhancing wellbeing based on interdisciplinary theory and research. Specific topics include the importance of purpose and meaning at work, challenges in achieving work-life integration, the impact of technology on work expectations, and organizational change. This course is based on a whole-life, integrative model of wellbeing and draws from research and theory across the social, behavior, and health sciences.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Discuss key research findings and concepts related to happiness and wellbeing
- Identify ways in which work experiences can enhance aspects of wellbeing both within and outside of the workplace
- Develop self-awareness of how current and past work experiences, and experiences as a student, have shaped wellbeing
- Discuss emerging ideas and common challenges facing individuals and organizations seeking to enhance wellbeing through work experiences
- Evaluate the results, conclusions, and implications of current research and practice
- Discuss effective strategies for enhancing current wellbeing of self and others
- Identify how concepts from a variety of fields (e.g., psychology, sociology, public health, organizational behavior) can be put together to form a more complete understanding of how work experiences shape wellbeing